Meliton Gutierrez dies in fatal Merced County car crash on Westside Boulevard –  Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Merced County Car Crash Death of Meliton Gutierrez of Atwater – Obituary

19-year-old Meliton Gutierrez of Atwater has died in a fatal Merced County car crash that occurred on Westside Boulevard on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Official reports indicated Meliton was a passenger in a 1997 Ford Explorer that was traveling west on Westside Boulevard at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle veered onto a dirt shoulder and overturned, throwing out both Meliton and the driver. Police say the vehicle crashed into several almond trees before it came to a stop.

Meliton was left with fatal injuries and was pronounced dead, while the driver was airlifted to hospital in a condition described as critical.

The accident is still being investigated.